Skip to content


Suffer, Flint’s Children

Suffer, Flints Children

dissidentvoice.org
By James Hoover

It is quite shocking that no one from the Rick Snyder administration in Michigan is on trial, impeached or in jail for charges such as felony child endangerment. Such charges involve a person engaged in conduct that places a child in imminent danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental impairment. It is a charge that can involve an act or even an omission.

The determination usually looks at two different aggravating factors, the first being intent. Was the conduct merely negligent or reckless, or willful or intentional? The former is a misdemeanor, the latter, a felony. The second factor is the degree of risk: the higher the risk, the higher the charge.

Such should be the consideration in the lead poisoning of children by corrosive Flint River water in Flint, Michigan. The switch to Flint River water was perpetrated by an emergency manager in Flint, who changed Flints water source to the Flint River without treating the river water, something experience teaches us is almost always necessary. He was appointed by and reported to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Conditions of risk were perpetuated over some 13 months after symptoms and subsequent blood tests showed high levels of lead poisoning in Flint children.

Such deleterious results too often come with a tyranny that suspension of democracy can bring. In a number of Michigan cities, emergency managers appointed under the authority of Michigans so-called Emergency Manager Law, replace elected representatives, making changes impacting the health and welfare of citizens. In effect, citizens of affected cities and school districts become chattels of one would-be autocrat, appointed by Governor Rick Snyder.

A temporary solution has become permanent in such principalities in an area suffering under a shift in political power that brought labors decline and managements ascent as money took hold of government.

An area nicknamed the Rust Belt, formerly known as the industrial heartland of America, is a belt that stretches along the Southern boundaries of the Great Lakes, also covering the Midwest States, New York areas and eastern Wisconsin. It is marked by economic decline, fleeing populations, and urban decay due to numerous economic factors, including automation, globalization, the Wall Street recession, and technological change. But many of the factors were politically imposed by the exigencies of shifting power from middle class citizens to Wall Street and crony capitalists.

In 2008, such a shift was evident when the financial abuse of Wall Street bankers resulted in the threatened bankruptcies of giant banks. The reaction of the federal government was multi-billion dollar bailouts, this while stricken consumers were forgotten, as well as citizens of already bankrupt cities throughout the so-called Rust Belt who went even deeper into economic ruin. Such troubled citizens were met with even further cuts, a result of GOP-driven austerity measures, most involving cuts to federal support for local economic services.

The unequal treatment played out with bailouts of monolithic banks and the smack-down of citizens of cities and schools considered wasteful and reckless.

Emergency management laws have been Michigans answer to financial decline in many cities throughout the state. Currently, Hamtramck, Detroit, Flint, Pontiac, Benton Harbor, Allen Park and the school districts of Muskegon Heights, Highland Park and Detroit are under the control of an emergency manager.

You might argue that the elected leaders of such bankrupt Michigan cities must be replaced with responsible leaders, but such leadership seems to be an excuse for imposing the conservative ideology of governors such as Snyder and a GOP legislature, an ideology which blames the economically stricken for their decline, not Wall Street malfeasance or the crony favoritism practiced by leaders indebted to corporate contributors.

In late 2012, the current Emergency Manager Law was passed by the GOP-controlled Michigan legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. It went into effect in early 2013, after the prior Emergency Manager Law was rejected in a Michigan voter referendum of November, 2012. The new law pointedly blocked any future voter referendums.

Generally you can decry such measures as tyrannical due to the seemingly arbitrary suspension of democracy in such principalities, but events that transpired in Flint, Michigan, one of the captive cities, this over the last two years, speaks volumes of the vicious and mindless cruelty of emergency managers and their overseers in state government, indicated by a lack of nurture or concern for the people.

In April 2014, officials in the city of Flint, namely the emergency manager who is only accountable to Governor Rick Snyder, switched Flints water source from Detroits water system of lake water to the Flint River to save money. Although river water is known to be more corrosive, no water treatment was needed, the emergency manager and Snyder opined. In fact, the emergency manager sold the pipe between Flint and Detroit, severing any connection to the safe Detroit water.

Sure enough, the lead soldering in the Flint pipes began leaching, mixing lead with the corrosive river water. It was immediately determined by the General Motors plant in Flint that the water from the Flint River was so caustic that it was corroding car parts, so they adopted an alternative source. The people of Flint did not have the same resources to switch.

Skin lesions, hair loss, learning disabilities and behavioral problems became more common. Blood tests began revealing the presence of lead in the blood of children. During the months of July, August and September, 2014, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) internally revealed that lead poisoning rates were higher than usual for children under age 16 living in the City of Flint. When the Michigan department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) officials, who reported directly to Governor Rick Snyder, repeatedly and falsely stated that no spike in blood lead levels (BLL) of children had occurred, DHHS officials did not object.

For a whole year DHHS officials stonewalled efforts by outside researchers, and even released incomplete data to cover up the evidence. Only when the incidence of childhood lead poisoning skyrocketed above 10% in the two Flint zip codes with the highest water lead risk did they reveal the truth, and it wasnt until October of 2015 that the county declared a public health emergency.

The Rick Snyder administration was aware that the lead level in the drinking water went from 6 parts per million to 11 parts per million in just 6 months in 2014 and 2015. Even so in July of 2015 Brad Wurfel of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, reporting directly to Rick Snyder, announced, relax There is no broad problem right now that weve seen with lead in the drinking water in Flint.

Governor Rick Snyder allowed Flint to drink toxic water despite repeated warnings. He knew that there were elevated lead levels in the blood and had to know that brain damage in children is life-long and irreversible, most especially for children under age six. Flint pediatrician, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attista did painstaking research showing unsafe lead levels in Flints children. Her September of 2015 report even then was denounced by Michigan state agencies.

Lead is probably one of the most damning things you can do to a population, Hanna-Attisha said.

In contrast to the Snyder administrations insulting denunciations and bluster, her words were measured in sadness for the many stricken children, We wouldnt expect this to happen in 2015, especially when we could have easily used corrosion control to prevent it.

Meanwhile Rick Snyder distanced himself from the suffering by appointing a communication professional to handle the Flint lead poisoning debacle, while his Board of State Canvassers voted to reject a recall petition filed by a Detroit pastor.

James Hoover is a recently retired systems engineer. He has advanced degrees in Economics and English. Prior to his aerospace career, he taught high school, and he has also taught college courses. He recently published a science fiction novel called Extraordinary Visitors and writes political columns on several websites. Read other articles by James.

View the original article at dissidentvoice.org

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Posted in Analysis & Review, Finance & Economics, Politics.

Tagged with , , , , .


0 Responses

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.



Some HTML is OK

or, reply to this post via trackback.

Support #altnews & keep Dark Politricks alive

Remember I told you over 5 years ago that they would be trying to shut down sites and YouTube channels that are not promoting the "Official" view. Well it's all happening now big time. Peoples Channels get no money from YouTube any more and Google is being fishy with their AdSense giving money for some clicks but not others. The time is here, it's not "Obama's Internet Cut Off Switch" it's "Trumps Sell Everyones Internet Dirty Laundry Garage Sale". This site must be on some list at GCHQ/NSA as my AdSense revenue which I rely on has gone down by a third. Either people are not helping out by visiting sponsors sanymore or I am being blackballed like many YouTube sites.

It's not just Google/YouTube defunding altenative chanels (mine was shut), but Facebook is also removing content, shutting pages, profiles and groups and removing funds from #altnews that way as well. I was recently kicked off FB and had a page "unpublished" with no reason given. If you don't know already all Facebooks Private Messages and Secret Groups are still analysed and checked for words related to drugs, sex, war etc against their own TOS. Personally I know there are undercover Irish police moving from group to group cloning peoples accounts and getting people booted. Worse than that I know some people in prison now for the content they had on their "secret private group". Use Telegrams secret chat mode to chat on, or if you prefer Wickr. If you really need to, buy a dumb phone with nothing for the NSA/GCHQ to hack into. Ensure it has no GPS tracking on it and that the battery can be removed. These are usually built for old people to get used to technology storing only a set of numbers to call. However they have no games, applications to install or other ways people can exploit the computer tracking device you carry round with you most of the day - your smart phone. If you are paranoid ensure that you can remove the battery when travelling around and do so to prevent GPS tracking or phone mast triangulation. Even with your phone in Flight mode or turned off, it can be turned on remotely and any features like front or back cameras, microphones and keylogging software can be installed to trace you.

So if your not supporting this site already which brings you news from the Left to the Right (really the same war mongering rubbish) then I could REALLY do with some..

Even if it's just £5 or tick the monthly subscription box and throw a few pound my way each month, it will be much appreciated. Read on to find out why.

Why?

Any support to keep this site would be appreciated. You could set up a monthly subscription for £2 like some people do or you could pay a one off donation as a gift.
I am not asking you to pay me for other people's articles, this is a clearing house as well as place to put my own views out into the world. I am asking for help to write more articles like my recent false flag gas attack to get WWIII started in Syria, and Trump away from Putin. Hopefully a few missiles won't mean a WikiLeaks release of that infamous video Trump apparently made in a Russian bedroom with Prostitutes. Also please note that this article was written just an hour after the papers came out, and I always come back and update them.

If you want to read JUST my own articles then use the top menu I have written hundreds of articles for this site and I host numerous amounts of material that has seen me the victim of hacks, DOS plus I have been kicked off multiple hosting companies, free blogging sites, and I have even had threats to cease and desist from the US armed forces. Therefore I have to pay for my own server which is NOT cheap. The more people who read these article on this site the more it costs me so some support would be much appreciated.

I have backups of removed reports shown, then taken down after pressure, that show collusion between nations and the media. I have the full redacted 28/29 pages from the 9.11 commission on the site which seems to have been forgotten about as we help Saudi Arabia bomb Yemeni kids hiding in the rubble with white phosphorus, an illegal weaapon. One that the Israeli's even used when they bombed the UN compound in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead. We complain about Syrian troops (US Controlled ISIS) using chemical weapons to kill "beautiful babies". I suppose all those babies we kill in Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Syria are just not beautiful enough for Trumps beautiful baby ratio. Plus we kill about 100 times as many as ISIS or the Syrian army have managed by a factor of about 1000 to 1.

I also have a backup of the FOX News series that looked into Israeli connections to 9.11. Obviously FOX removed that as soon as AIPAC, ADL and the rest of the Hasbra brigade protested.

I also have a copy of the the original Liberal Democrats Freedom Bill which was quickly and quietly removed from their site once they enacted and replaced with some watered down rubbish instead once they got into power. No change to police tactics, protesting or our unfair extradition treaty with the USA but we did get a stop to being clamped on private land instead of the mny great ideas in the original.

So ANY support to keep this site running would be much appreciated! I don't have much money after leaving my job and it is a choice between shutting the server or selling the domain or paying a lot of money just so I can show this material.

Material like the FSB Bombings that put Putin in power or the Google no 1 spot when you search for protecting yourself from UK Police with "how to give a no comment interview". If you see any adverts that interest you then please visit them as it helps me without you even needing to give me any money. A few clicks per visit is all it takes to help keep the servers running and tag any tweets with alternative news from the mainstream with the #altnews hashtag I created to keep it alive!

However if you don't want to use the very obvious and cost free ways (to you) to help the site and keep me writing for it then please consider making a small donation. Especially if you have a few quid sitting in your PayPal account doing nothing useful. Why not do a monthly subscription for less money instead. Will you really notice £5 a month?



css.php